Morphological and Nutritive Variation in a Collection of Cucurbita pepo L. Growing in Kosova

  • Sali ALIU University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
  • Arben HAZIRI University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
  • Shukri FETAHU University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
  • Nevzat ALIAGA University of Prishtina, Faculty of Natural Science, Department of Chemistry, 10000, Prishtina
  • Imer RUSINOVCI University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
  • Imer HAZIRI University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
  • Valentina ARAPI Agriculture University of Tirana, Department of food technology, Tirana

Abstract

Kosovo is the one of the important diversity centers for Cucurbita pepo because of their adaptation to diverse agro ecological conditions as a result of natural and also farmer’s selection. In Kosovo, in most cases C. pepo is grown both in maize fields and vegetable gardens as well as in other more intensive systems. Our expedition have identified different location in the part of Kosovo where were collected a samples at altitudes from 545 till 748 MASL. Kjeldahl method we have used to determine Protein content (PC). Lipids were determined by extraction using Soxhlet apparatus and diethyl ether was used as extraction solvent. The aim of the present investigation was carried out to study morphological diversity, protein and lipids content. Pumpkin populations show great diversity in morphological characteristics, particularly fruit weight (FW), fruit shape (FSH). All populations for FW were on higher genetic variability + 2556.9 g or 97.71%. The collection showed appreciable phenotypic variation in fruit shape (FSH). The greater part of variance was accounted for protein content (PC) and lipids content (LC). The estimation overall value ? in seed for PC and LC were 14.59%, and 32.99% respectively. This evaluation of traits variability can assist breeders to identify populations with desirable characteristics for inclusion in variety breeding programs.

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Author Biography

Sali ALIU, University of Prishtina, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science, 10000, Prishtina
Crop Science
Published
2011-05-16
How to Cite
ALIU, S., HAZIRI, A., FETAHU, S., ALIAGA, N., RUSINOVCI, I., HAZIRI, I., & ARAPI, V. (2011). Morphological and Nutritive Variation in a Collection of Cucurbita pepo L. Growing in Kosova. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 3(2), 119-122. https://doi.org/10.15835/nsb326066
Section
Horticulture and Agriculture; Vegetables Growing; Research Articles